5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 23, 2013 10:39 AM by léonie
JozWong93 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I keep getting the notification which says "Part of the project was not played - This project has too many real instrument tracks to be played in real-time".

 

BUT the problem is that this occurs even when I open a new garageband file (i.e. no tracks!) and I'm only 3 seconds into recording the first track! So garageband is basically not working for me. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling it to no avail. Just a few months back I was still able to use it comfortably to do edit many different tracks together so I really don't know what the problem is. I don't really know if its a problem with the processor as I barely use the memory on my macbook pro and even when recording CPU usage doesn't go above 20% so I'm really at a loss. Please help!


GarageBand (Mac) '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • 1. Re: Too many real instruments for a new project?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,805 points)

    You may have a more general problem with your system. How full is your disk? And how much RAM does your Mac have?

    Do you have many other applications open when you try recording? Does the same happen, when you reboot before working with GarageBand? I'd at least try to boot into "Safe Mode" once, to reset some system parameters. Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode

     

    Just a few months back I was still able to use it comfortably to do edit many different tracks together so I really don't know what the problem is.

    What did you do, before this problem started? Did you install any new software? New drivers for audio interfaces? Did you run any "cleaner" applications, that may have removed system files?

     

    Regards

    Léonie

  • 2. Re: Too many real instruments for a new project?
    JozWong93 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My Mac has 8Gb RAM of which 90% is idle most of the time, even when using garageband. I'm only using 92Gb out of around 750Gb so I doubt thats the issue either.

    I don't really have much other applications running, just mail and safari, and the problem persists even after closing them.
    I didn't touch garageband since around september last year so there were many things I did during that period of time. But no installation of software or hardware, just day to day use and updating already installed software. If I recall correctly there was a software update for Garageband during that period where I did not use it. I tried booting into safe mode and also repairing disk permissions, as advised by apple support staff over the phone who could not troubleshoot the problem in the end (they were nice about it though). Oh I did run an application called CCleaner mainly to remove internet cache but could it have done something to cause this? I'm not too sure...

     

    Thanks!

    Josiah

  • 3. Re: Too many real instruments for a new project?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,805 points)

    Josiah,

    that is really puzzling, if even Apple Support could not help.

    It might be a problem with your MacOS X installation.

    To check this, create a different User Account (from the System Preferences > "Users & Groups" panel; click the padlock icon, and then the "+"-button to add a new user account.).

     

    Then log in as the new user and try to record from that account. Don't change any setting, so we can see, if you have the same problem with all settings still the defaut value.

    If you cannot even record from a new account, I'd recommend to backup your system and to reinstall your MacOS X. Post back, if you need help with that.

     

    Regards

    Léonie

     

    Oh I did run an application called CCleaner mainly to remove internet cache but could it have done something to cause this? I'm not too sure...

    I do not know that specific cleaner tool, but generally cleaners are risky, if they simply clean all caches, log, etc. Sometimes they will erase files that are necessary, and will slow the system down needlessly, because all the files will have to be rebuild. And some of the files can only be rebuild by reinstalling the system.

  • 4. Re: Too many real instruments for a new project?
    JozWong93 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh apple support asked me to try that out too but it did not work.. In fact for some of the suggestions they gave (eg using a different user, or even locking the track) it only managed to extend the period of recording to about 10 seconds before the problem resurfaced and after that it was back to the same 3 second problem.

     

    I was thinking of reinstalling the MacOS, or just taking the trouble to bring my Mac to the apple store to have it physically checked out. I was thinking maybe the problem could be something bigger also as my friends were commenting that some of my other programs such as powerpoint were rather slow as well..

     

    Thanks for the help!

    Josiah

  • 5. Re: Too many real instruments for a new project?
    léonie Level 9 Level 9 (51,805 points)
    Oh apple support asked me to try that out too but it did not work.. In fact for some of the suggestions they gave (eg using a different user, or even locking the track) it only managed to extend the period of recording to about 10 seconds before the problem resurfaced and after that it was back to the same 3 second problem.

     

    But that is an important clue, Josiah. If you cannot even record properly from a different user account with basic settings, we know that the settings in your user account cannot be causing this - this looks like system wide trouble.

     

    You could run a hardware check over night, to check your hardware:

    Intel-based Macs: Using Apple Hardware Test

    and if the hardware check does not show any problems, I'd reinstall Mountain Lion.

    See Linc Davis's post on how to reinstall: Re: Garageband doesn't open in Mac Mini mid 2011

     

    Regards

    Léonie